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Immigration authorities target 7-Eleven stores nationwide, including South Florida

Immigration authorities target 7-Eleven stores nationwide, including South Florida (MGN)

Immigration authorities targeted 98 7-Eleven franchise stores across the country Wednesday, including several in South Florida.

Agents went to stores in Haverhill, Homestead, Miami Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale and Vero Beach, according to Nestor Yglesias, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,” said Thomas D. Homan, ICE Deputy Director and Senior Official performing the duties of the Director. “Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration and we are working hard to remove this magnet. ICE will continue its efforts to protect jobs for American workers by eliminating unfair competitive advantages for companies that exploit illegal immigration.”

While no arrests were made in South Florida, 21 people were arrested elsewhere, Yglesias said.

Agents also visited stores in California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.



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